Cuba Tells European Union That Ferrer Is Not a Political Detainee 

On November 26, 2019, Norma Goicochea, Cuba’s Ambassador to the European Union (EU), released an open letter to the European Parliament asserting that José Daniel Ferrer is not a political detainee on the island.[1] The following alleged grounds were provided for that conclusion: On October 1 Ferrer was arrested “in response to the complaint filed … Continue reading Cuba Tells European Union That Ferrer Is Not a Political Detainee 

U.S. Responds to Cuba’s Allegations about U.S. and José Daniel Ferrer

As discussed in a prior post, on November 20, Cuba alleged that Cuban activist, José Daniel Ferrer, was in detention because he was acting as a salaried agent of the U.S. to foment dissent on the island. The U.S. State Department responded to these claims on November 22. Here is what the U.S. said. [1] … Continue reading U.S. Responds to Cuba’s Allegations about U.S. and José Daniel Ferrer

Cuba Accuses U.S. of Using Ferrer Case To Try to Discredit Cuba

Since mid-October this blog has commented on Cuba’s arrest and detention of José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU). [1] The Cuban Government had no official response to the many issues raised by this arrest and detention until November 20, when Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, … Continue reading Cuba Accuses U.S. of Using Ferrer Case To Try to Discredit Cuba

Amnesty International Reiterates Demand for Release of Ferrer 

On November 12, Amnesty International reiterated its demand that Cuba release José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).[1] Its release stated he “has been in detention for 40 days, since Oct 1, for reasons still unknown. As far as we can ascertain, he has not been informed of the charges against … Continue reading Amnesty International Reiterates Demand for Release of Ferrer 

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2019) Second Half

  Number Date Title                             JULY 2019 1410 07/02/19 U.S. Comments About Cuba at the Organization of American States (OAS) 1411 07/03/19 U.S. Cuba Internet Task Force’s Final Report 1412 07/04/19 U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights: Developments 1413 07/05/19 Young Cuban Discusses the Many Problems of His Country 1414 07/05/19 The U.S. Declaration of Independence’s … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2019) Second Half

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Cuba and Denounces Cuba’s Detention of Dissident   

On October 18, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed new sanctions against Cuba while the State Department denounced Cuba’s detention of dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer. New Sanctions[1] The BIS revoked “existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines, and will deny future applications for aircraft leases.” This was … Continue reading U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Cuba and Denounces Cuba’s Detention of Dissident   

Additional Cuban Political Prisoners Named by Amnesty International 

On August 26, Amnesty International five additional Cubans as political prisoners.[1] All of them, said Amnesty, had been detained since 2015 and sentenced to one to five years for “public disorder,” “contempt” or “disorder” while two of them, according to relatives, had been badly beaten. Amnesty’s Americas Director, Erika Guevara-Rosas, said “For decades, Cuba has … Continue reading Additional Cuban Political Prisoners Named by Amnesty International 

Washington Post Criticizes New Cuban Constitution

On March 1, a Washington Post editorial criticized the new Cuban constitution.[1] First, the editorial expressed surprise over the “share of eligible voters who cast “no” ballots or stayed home.”   Indeed, the total number of registered voters who voted “No” or stayed home or who submitted spoiled ballots was 1,853,545 or 21.4% of the electorate … Continue reading Washington Post Criticizes New Cuban Constitution

Cuba Arrests Opponents of Proposed New Constitution

On February 11, Cuban authorities arrested 20 activists of thePatriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) for their promotion of voting “No” in the upcoming  referendum on February 24 on the country’s proposed new constitution. These arrests of Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) members for their promotion of voting “No” in the upcoming  referendum on February 24 occurred at … Continue reading Cuba Arrests Opponents of Proposed New Constitution